We're watching the Roych

15th Feb 2011

We are cautiously welcoming action from the Peak District National Park Authority to urge trail-bikers and 4x4 drivers to keep to a voluntary one-way system at a damaged green lane in the heart of the Peak District.

The Roych is an unsurfaced road close near Hayfield. It has been badly eroded by the 600 4x4s and trail-bikes that go there every month – mainly at weekends. Trail bikers and 4x4 drivers are also now being asked to follow a Code of Conduct.

We continue to run our Take Back the Tracks campaign to stop irresponsible off-roaders carving up the national park, and we’re really pleased that the park authority has listened to the concerns of local people, and people who value the tranquility of our countryside.

However, we’re sceptical about how effective these voluntary arrangements will be.  We’ll be watching how things go, and if this doesn’t work then some more serious restrictions will have to be put in place...